Meaning of tributary
Pronunciation: (trib'yu-ter"ē), [key]
— n., pl. adj. -tar•ies,
- a stream that flows to a larger stream or other body of water.
- a person or nation that pays tribute in acknowledgment of subjugation or the like.
- (of a stream) flowing into a larger stream or other body of water.
- furnishing subsidiary aid; contributory.
- paying or required to pay tribute.
- paid as tribute.
- subject; subordinate: a tributary nation.
- tributary (Thesaurus)